How Have Transport Improvements Helped Build a More Interconnected World

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In the 1700s, it would have taken 2 years to navigate round the globe. In the 1930s, it would have taken only 8 days. In the 1990s, an increase in technology and transport have been able to lower this time to only 31 hours. These transport improvements have been able to create a ‘shrinking world, which, in turn, creates a much more interconnected world.

One of the main ‘flows’ on transport, are goods (food, objects) that will be traded with other countries. The main improvement that has taken place in recent times is the creation of the freight transport, containerization. These containers can be loaded and unloaded, stacked, transported efficiently over long distances, and transferred from one mode of transport to another—container ships, rail and semi-trailer trucks—without being opened. The system, developed after World War II, led to greatly reduced transport costs, and supported a vast increase in international trade. Because of this increase in trade, containerization has help build a more interconnected world. Better relations are built and more trade is available to ship via this improvement in transport. Another important aspect of transport improvements building a more interconnected world is the creation of commercial air travel. Faster airplanes are being produced in greater numbers and with a greater capacity. Tourists have been able to easily travel to countries at low costs fast. An example of this expanding industry would be easy-jet which now has over 300 flight routes over the EU all being notoriously cheap. This improvement of cheap and fast transport has interconnected the world as people find it easier to get too far of places. This integrates cultures which in turn creates ‘multi-nations’ like America.

The gradual improvement of transport has helped build a very interconnected world by various means. Possibly the biggest way which it has done this it by its link to the creation of TNCs. TNCs must have means of good transport at their...
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